Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Filmmakers record a revolution in Oscar doc ‘The Square’
    Director Jehane Noujaim, producer Karim Amer and their team shouldered cameras on the streets of Cairo as Egypt's 2011 uprising unfolded. The famous "18 days" -- centered on central Cairo's Tahrir Square -- led to the downfall of a dictator, Hosni Mubarak. Noujaim and Amer sat down last week with PBS NewsHour's Margaret Warner in Washington to discuss their film "The Square."
    Original Air Date: February 24, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Transcripts reveal Fed reactions during 2008 economic crisis
    Federal Reserve Board transcripts from 2008 released on Friday give a behind-the-scenes look at how the nation’s central bankers reacted to the global financial meltdown. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with the Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath about what new insight these documents give us about how the Fed handled the crisis.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2014
  • Military using unproven programs to take on mental illness
    Nearly one thousand veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder each week. A recent report from the Institute of Medicine found that few of the military programs for preventing mental illness have been tested or proven effective. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with USA Today's Gregg Zoroya about the report's findings.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2014
  • Giving a microphone to the world's most remote people
    How can the modern study of global change benefit from ancient knowledge? Special correspondent John Larson reports on the new ways indigenous communities around the world are connecting with one another to share observations and sustain their native cultures.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
  • For Paralympic players, a hockey game with sleds
    The gear that a sled hockey player puts on for a game is pretty much the same as it is for an able bodied player. With one key difference. Rather than ice skates, players ride on a sled with blades on the bottom. Jay Shefsky of WTTW in Chicago reports.
    Original Air Date: February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Saturday, February 22, 2014
    On Saturday's program, days after continued bloody clashes in the Ukraine, parliament ousts the President and protesters take control. Later, in our signature segment, Americans are struggling to make ends meet after their unemployment benefits run out. And, the Highway Trust Fund may soon run out of money.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
    February 22, 2014
  • Transportation Secretary warns of dwindling highway funding
    This week the U.S. Transportation Secretary warned the federal Highway Trust Fund may run out of money later this year. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Bob Cusack, Managing Editor for The Hill, about the logistics of the fund and how state transportation spending could be affected if Congress fails to agree on a solution.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
  • Clashes in Ukraine create tension for U.S. and Russia
    Ongoing violence in Ukraine over the past few weeks has added further stress to relations between the United States and Russia. What are the issues dividing the two countries? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Professor of Russian Studies at Princeton and New York University Steven Cohen about Russia’s stake in Ukrainian unrest.
    Original Air Date: February 22, 2014
  • As benefits expire, long-term unemployed make do with less
    On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans lost their unemployment insurance when an emergency federal unemployment insurance program expired. Critics of extended unemployment benefits say the benefits raise jobless numbers by allowing people to stay unemployed longer instead of taking an available job.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Questioning solitary confinement for teens at Rikers Island
    At Rikers Island, New York City’s main jail complex, about a quarter of the underaged teenagers who are awaiting trial are in solitary confinement, spending 23 hours a day in a 6 by 8 ft cell. Daffodil Altan of the Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at concern from city officials and others about the psychological effects of isolation on young inmates.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014
  • Shields and Brooks on Ukraine, trade policy
    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to analyze the week’s news, including the instability in Ukraine, disagreement among Democrats on trade policy, the influence of governors in an era of Washington gridlock, plus how boosting the minimum wage might affect jobs and poverty.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014
  • Can state leaders avoid partisan gridlock?
    In comparison to the dysfunction of Congress, how productive are state leaders, and how willing are they to work across party lines? With the nation’s governors gathering in Washington for their annual meeting, Democrat Pat Quinn of Illinois and Republican Bill Haslam of Tennessee join Judy Woodruff to discuss the minimum wage, organized labor, education and other agenda priorities.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014
  • What the Winter Olympics tell us about life in Russia
    To outsiders, Russia carries a nearly mythic reputation. Gregory Feifer, whose mother grew up during communism and himself lived there as a news correspondent, teases out an understanding of Russian character through observations of daily life in his new book, “Russians: The People Behind the Power.” Feifer joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how Russian behavior is reflected in the Sochi Olympics.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014
  • How long can Yanukovych hold on to power?
    The Ukrainian Parliament may have tabled the possible impeachment of President Yanukovych, but protesters are still calling for him to step down immediately. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Adrian Karatnycky of the Atlantic Council to discuss the new changes in Ukraine’s power structure and the outlook for Yanukovych’s fragile political future.
    Original Air Date: February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Is NAFTA a success story or damaging policy?
    A one-day summit in Mexico between President Obama and his North American counterparts marked the 20th anniversary of NAFTA, a trade agreement designed to eliminate cross-border duties and other barriers. What’s the legacy, effect and the future of NAFTA? Jeffrey Brown gets debate from former U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills and Lori Wallach of the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2014
  • Colorado high school replaces punishment with ‘talking circles’
    At Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., students, parents and administration are meeting face-to-face to resolve student conflict with conversation. The number of physical altercations has taken a nosedive as this new type of disciplinary action, called “restorative justice,” replaces suspension. Hari Sreenivasan has the story.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2014
  • WhatsApp could give Facebook a messaging monopoly
    In four years of existence, the messaging service WhatsApp has attracted hundreds of millions of users around the globe. Now Facebook is buying WhatsApp -- which charges long-term users just $1 per year -- for $19 billion, a value that eclipses most every startup deal in recent memory. Judy Woodruff talks to The Verge’s Ellis Hamburger for why Facebook believes the app is worth the price tag.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2014
  • Has the moment passed for the West to sway Ukraine?
    World powers have watched as the Ukrainian conflict has escalated to unrestrained battle. How can they help ensure stability for this country that’s in the heart of Europe while tightly connected to Russia? Gwen Ifill talks to William Taylor, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Matthew Rojansky of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2014
  • ‘The Act of Killing’ looks into the mind of war criminals
    The Oscar nominated documentary "The Act of Killing" challenges Anwar Congo, a death squad leader during the mass killings in 1965 Indonesia, to re-enact the horrors of his past. Director Joshua Oppenheimer spoke to the NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about why Anwar and his friends were so boastful about their actions and what it was like to get a glimpse into the minds of killers.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • Indonesian heroes weigh airing truth in 'The Act of Killing
    In "The Act of Killing," former death squad leaders Anwar and his friends discuss the potential consequences of revealing the truth about their past through the film. For more Art Beat: Indonesian heroes weigh exposing the truth in 'The Act of Killing' 'The Act of Killing' heroes weigh airing the truth to Indonesia
    Original Air Date: February 20, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Understanding Arab Spring struggles and success
    What differentiates Tunisia in its progress establishing a young democracy, while other countries inspired by the Arab Spring have floundered? What are the lasting consequences for nations that have plunged into long-term conflict? Jeffrey Brown asks for an assessment from Hisham Melhem of Al-Arabiya, Mary-Jane Deeb of the Library of Congress and Tarek Masoud of Harvard University.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • Raising health concerns in Texas’ fracking frontier
    As shale and natural gas fracking booms in South Texas, a new report raises unsettling concerns about possible related health risks and poor air quality. The Center for Public Integrity collaborated with others in examining nearly 300 complaints filed by residents. Journalist Jim Morris joins Judy Woodruff to detail the findings and respond to the industry’s rejection.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • Afghans fear retaliation while waiting for U.S. visas
    As the United States military prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan, the lives of thousands of Afghan citizens who worked for Americans are being threatened by insurgents. While legislation greatly increased the number of visas available to those Afghans, the State Department has only approved around 25 percent of the quota. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia investigates the holdup.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • Venezuela unrest could be ‘building block’ of change
    Less than a year has passed since the death of Hugo Chavez and the election of President Nicolas Maduro, but the problems driving unrest in Venezuela have been building for a decade. Carl Meacham of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Gwen Ifill to offer background on the “snowballing” of anti-government sentiment in that country.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • Debating costs and benefits of boosting the minimum wage
    Both political parties are seizing on a report by the Congressional Budget Office that claims that raising the minimum wage could likely lift 900,000 families out of poverty, while possibly eliminating half-a-million jobs. Judy Woodruff talks to Thea Lee of the AFL-CIO and David Neumark of University of California, Irvine for opposing takeaways on the report.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • News Wrap: Kiev truce announced after bloody battle
    In our news wrap Wednesday, a fiery, overnight battle between security forces of the pro-Russian government and the opposition gave way to a truce after a late-night meeting in Kiev. Matt Frei of Independent Television News reports on the standoff that killed 26. Also, the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning about possible shoe bombs on airline flights.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • Seven years, 500 hours of footage capture 'Particle Fever'
    Theoretical physicist David Kaplan spent seven years carefully documenting the research at the Large Hadron Collider. The documentary "Particle Fever" captures the thrill of discovery, as well as the stress, disappointment and fear they felt when the collider went offline for months. For Kaplan, it was a struggle to keep filming, never knowing when they would find the Higgs boson.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
  • Still waiting, under threat
    This Afghan interpreter has been waiting years for a visa. He talks about the difficulty and expense of the application process.
    Original Air Date: February 19, 2014
    February 19, 2014